Feast of Carmentalia/Bits and Pieces I

21 Hestia/Jan. 15

Feast of Carmentalia

Sunnadi/Sunday

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O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence, be with us. May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

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Today is the Feast of Carmentalia. Carmentalia was known as ‘The Woman’s Festival” as Carmenta was known as the goddess of women. Here is a good article on it with a nice prayer:

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/religioromana/2013/01/carmentalia-the-womens-festival/. Please note that this article is using the Julian calendar. There were originally two feast days, Jan. 11 and 15.

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We have two guest articles today. We begin with an offering for Vespers by ArchMadria Kathi. I have added the Hail, Mysteria prayer, so that I can substitute Madria Kathi’s version for our Evensong Rite. This will be posted in our Prayers and Rites drop-down menu under Evensong. Thank you, ArchMadria Kathi.

We end today’s Bits and Pieces with an historical fashion article by Sorella Shoshana. Thank you, Sorella Shoshana.

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Vespers Ceremony by ArchMadria Kathi

I wrote this Janite Rite as an optional “Vespers” ceremony. Although I work at an ‘outside’ job inside my home, I sometimes find myself at the end of the day having only had a few moments for morning prayer, and so busy during the day that by 5 p.m., the day has just flown by with no opportunity for true spiritual expression. This Rite may suffice for those of us who want to wind down at the end of the day and refocus our attention. It also helps to move from one mode of thinking (our daily work) to tending our sacred Hearths and homes, with loving gratitude.

 

Twilight Rite

In the evening after finishing with the day’s activities, before moving into the evening, light candles and incense.

Trace the Fora upon yourself while saying:

In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

Begin with:

Blessed is Our Mother God,

She Who is Mari,

She Who is Kora,

She Who is Mysteria,

Blessed is She.

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Blessed is Our Mother God, the Holy One.

She Who is the Celestial Mother.

She Who is the Holy Daughter.

She Who is the Great Mother.

Blessed is She.

 

Prayer of Thanksgiving

 

O Celestial Mother Mari, O Holy Daughter Kora, O Great Mother of Mystery

As we move into the peaceful night

We are grateful for the works of our hands and our hearts

May we bless our loved ones, and our Sacred Hestias

as You have blessed us this day.

Gather us into the folds of Your Mighty Mantle, Madria Dea

Kindle in us Your gentle light, Beloved Kyria

Comfort us in the darkness, Great Mother

And May the Seven Janati be with us this night

Blessed be the Holy Ones.

Hail, Mysteria, Fountainhead of Grace, glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Empress of Heaven, and blessed are the Beloved Mother and Daughter. Holy Dea, Great Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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Optional: Scripture reading or Rosaries, as desired.

 

Silver Light of the Forests

Silver Light of the darkling forests, send us forth in the protection of Your Spirit that no profane thing may enter into us.

Grant us to see all things with delight that are lovely and to glory and increase in force and energy.

Fill us with wonder in the sight of the seas and of the heavens and of every place wherein You are.

Commander of the roaring wave, help us to turn from all that is low or inglorious neither with anger nor with pain, but to know that in You we stand above all such things.

Guiding Light of the faithful soul, fill the deepest caverns of our spirit with the exhilaration of Your love. Send us forth upon the world as torchbearers of Your delight and grant us strength in You and in ourselves that we may value all things rightly, regardless of the consuming weight of the profane and the frailty of all that is beautiful.

Closing

 

The Prayer of Eternity

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.
Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.
Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.
Glorious is Eternity of Dea.

 

Let us bless the Holy One.
Blessed is She.

Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.

 

Trace the Fora upon yourself and say: In the Name of the Mother, and of the Daughter, and the Great Mother. Blessed is She.

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A change in the calendar: As it happens, I blessed my son’s house on the day of the Full Blessing Moon. This ended up being so powerful, I am changing the day of the Blessing of the Hestia to the day/night of the Full Blessing Moon.

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Janite Deanics observe three main prayer times of the day in honor of the Divine Feminine Trinity. Aurora (meaning Dawn) is in honor of the Holy Daughter. Janites model the Holy Daughter on the Divine Sophia/Shekinah. Noon-tide is in honor of the Celestial Mother (modeled on Higher Sophia/Shekinah) and Evensong celebrates the Great Mother (the Monas/Absolute Deity).

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Each Person of the Divine Feminine Trinity has a royal Title:

Holy Daughter Kore: Queen of Heaven.

Celestial Mother Mari: High Queen of Heaven.

Great Mother Mysteria: Empress of Heaven.

As Janites, we have traditional endings to our prayers. This is a very powerful cementing of a religious foundation and it provides synchronicity and continuity for the Faith. You find this in other religions as well, especially within Catholic and Orthodox Christianity.

Perhaps even more so than other forms of Deanism, Janites (as well as the Lucienne Tradition) are very highly Trinitarian focused. This is reflected in our three main prayer times.

And so, during Aurora, in honor of the Holy Daughter, we include the full Hail, Kore prayer and we end our prayers with: Let us bless the Queen of Heaven. Blessed is She, etc.

During Noontide, in honor of the Celestial Mother, we pray the full Hail, Mari prayer and we end with, let us bless the High Queen of Heaven, etc.. (Noontide is purposefully short so that people may pray during lunch hour at work.)

During Evensong, in honor of the Great Mother, we pray the full Hail, Mysteria prayer and end with, let us bless the Empress of Heaven, Blessed is She etc.

However, when we are praying a general prayer where we are not praying specifically to a Person of the Trinity, such as after a rosary, the Rite of Sacrifice, the liturgy, etc., we wish to honor the Trinity as One and so we say: Let us bless the Holy One. Blessed be Dea. I will be making this changes in our Prayer Rites.

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Honoring Nature:

Nature is a very important aspect of our Faith. Where we are moving to our camp on the lake, I have begun to take an interest in the local plants and wildlife. I am incorporating lake themes and local plants into my home decor. For example, we have wild irises growing along the shoreline and I was fortunate enough to find plates, a tea pot and other items painted with wild irises. We have an owl that comes to our yard every evening and so I found a wonderful owl clock. We have hundreds of beautiful waterlilies in the lake each year and so I found another clock with waterlilies. These are just some of the ideas I have had in incorporating the wildlife that I love outdoors, into my home to honor them. There are many other ideas that I am using, as well.

In Cordova, Alaska, my son’s fiance works in a shop called The Net Loft. http://thenetloftak.com/. There, they use only good yarns and they are all hand-dyed from plants, lichen, berries and mushrooms! She recently gifted me with some of the yarn and the colors are far, far more vibrant than those that are synthetically dyed. Their tradition is that local meaning is incorporated into the colors of the yarns and also, the patterns. Their Gansey sweater project incorporates patterns that are symbolic of the person or the area along with ‘Cordova colors’. You find this local pride symbolized in many areas of their life. It helps you to truly appreciate where you live in a more traditional village sense. Even if you live in a big city, you can find local plants, trees and the native meaning of your area.

Another nice thing to do is to find out what plants are native to your area and grow some more. I will be planting a wild flower meadow with flowers that are native to my area. I have also been researching local medicinal  and edible plants and was astonished to find that many plants that I have known all my life, that I thought were ‘weeds’ (my sister, a master gardener, says there is no such thing as ‘weeds’. I agree with her) are either edible or medicinal. (Always be careful, many plants are quite poisonous.)

It’s also nice to research your local waterways, even brooks and creeks and learn the constellations above your head!

Nature isn’t just about ‘casting spells for magick’; Nature is part of us and we are part of Nature. Nowadays, people are becoming more and more divorced from Nature, which is not healthy for either our bodies or our souls.

Many think that just because plants don’t have brains or physiology similar to humans and animals, that they are essentially non-conscious, but many are finding out, otherwise. We, ourselves, have to remember that our consciousness does not reside in our brains.

Though still controversial, remember back to when you were a child and how you experienced plants and trees.

Here are some interesting books/articles:

http://www.theepochtimes.com/n3/1906107-are-plants-conscious-intelligent/

http://www.pri.org/stories/2014-01-09/new-research-plant-intelligence-may-forever-change-how-you-think-about-plants

https://www.amazon.com/Secret-Life-Plants-Fascinating-Emotional/dp/0060915870.

http://www.trueactivist.com/forest-ranger-explains-that-trees-have-social-networks-and-complex-relationships.

https://www.brainpickings.org/2016/09/26/the-hidden-life-of-trees-peter-wohlleben/

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/the-hidden-life-of-trees-peter-wohlleben/1123191941

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Upcoming: Bits and Pieces Part II.

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Let us bless the Holy One.

Blessed is She.

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More on the Mythos of Creation

Stelladi/Wed.

10 Astrea/Dec. 7

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O, Madria Sofia, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us. May the Pure Stream of Your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

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Long time devotee, our Sister, Sophia, has more to share on the Creation Mythos. These posts on the Creation Mythos are taken from private correspondences between Sophia and myself. I have felt it best to leave these teachings just as she wrote them, with only minor editing and a few of my own comments. (Please note that oftentimes words that have a z in the U.S. are spelled with an s instead of a z in certain other countries.)

As Sophia confirmed, in verse 10 of the Mythos of Creation, 10. And as She laughed, the image rose up from the water and stood before Her. And this was the first of Her daughters. And she was filled with love for Her, and therefore was the first creature of Spirit, this is the creation of the first human female (humanity).

From Sophia:

Verse 4. And the white force of Her superabundant joy grew so great that it must take shape in laughter; and Her laughter was the shape of all things.

Please note in the Creation Scripture, that it states all things were created by and from portions of Divine Laughter. It is Dea’s delight which animates. All are Pure Essence, Divine Light, Ideas and Life. Without form or substance, although living with Dea in unity.

The Creation myth could end at verse 8, but there are then detailed, a series of 3 emanations/creations:

1. plants, trees, animals, insects, birds, fishes and sea creatures. Living but not Spirit
2. humanity. Living with Spirit. Because the first daughter chose to return Mother Mari’s Divine Love to Her, to closely reflect that aspect of Creatrix as Love.

3. nature spirits. Living with Spirit.

These are to distinguish between those with spirit from those without spirit.
Those without spirit are still Divine in origin.
Honestly I am not sure what to think of the above. (I agree with Sophia. I would tend to think they have spirits. A.M. Pam).Verse 11. And wise and skilled, she [humanity] ran about the earth with love of all things, giving a name to every thing and creature, each in the order that She [Dea] had shaped them.

Love of Dea and Love of all things, shows that humanity has a Dea-given purpose. It also demonstrates that humanity can recognise the Divine Essence in everything, therefore being able to name it in harmony with Dea.
(Beautiful teaching. A. M. Pam)
Verse 14. And the trees and rivers were filled with nymphs and every kind of sprite. And all were Her daughters. And Her love for each was inexhaustible, for each was a reflection of some boundless fragment of Her unbounded Spirit.

The Madrians, from Greek mythology, and my own maternal family, from living and farming our ancestral lands, believe in nature spirits. I believe that although in the Celtic lands, we had different names, we are still referring to elementary/Elemental beings belonging to the Earth elements.

Verse 16. And to each was given the governance of some earthly thing.
Clearly states that the sprites and nymphs – nature spirits are emanated/created by Dea to govern/control the 4 sacred Elements of the realms of Mother and Daughter. This is part of Dea’s Harmony and Order, nature spirits/Elementals clearly represent that aspect of Dea.
4 Earth Elementals:
In his 16th-century alchemical work Liber de Nymphis, sylphis, pygmaeis et salamandris et de caeteris spiritibus, Paracelsus identified mythological beings as belonging to one of the four elements.Correct name (translated): Nymph Alternate name (Latin): Undina (undine) Element in which it lives: Water
Undines are almost invariably depicted as being female, and are usually found in forest pools and waterfalls. The group contains many species, including nereides, limnads, naiadesand mermaids.

Correct name (translated): Sylph Alternate name (Latin): Sylvestris (wild man) Element in which it lives: Air
They are often depicted as fairy like.

Correct name (translated): Pygmy Alternate name (Latin): Gnomus (gnome) Element in which it lives: Earth
The chthonic, or earth-dwelling, spirit has precedents in numerous ancient and medieval mythologies, often guarding mines and precious underground treasures, notably in the Germanic dwarves and the Greek Chalybes, Telchines or Dactyls.[2]

Correct name (translated): Salamander Alternate name (Latin): Vulcanus Element in which it lives: Fire. (1)The 5th element is Spirit, God, Herself, Who is the Essence of everything.

How nature spirits and humans journey into incarnation:

The Madrians spoke about 2 “creations”, the first Creation of the world of Divine Ideas – The Pleroma which the Filianics then labeled Golden, as in the Solar realm of Mother Mari.
(Gnostic Christianity also defines the world of Primordial Divine Ideas as the Pleroma. A. M. Pam.)

The “second” Creation of human/other-nature spirit passing through the Silver Lunar realm of Daughter Kore – astral/soul to reflect upon the manifest world.

So human and nature beings, emanated/created as Spirit by Mother Mari, journey out into the Silver Lunar realm of Soul Daughter Kore and from there into more and more dense material planes. I was never sure whether this was the same as Avala/Avalon.

(I’ve been using the name, Avalon, but I like the use of Avala, because it means “breath of life” and it is called Avala in the catechism. According to the catechism, it is the realm where we go to rest in-between incarnations and it is the Silver Lunar Realm of the Holy Daughter. The catechism states: in chapter IV- 67: What will happen when you die? +If I have lived a good life, I shall go after death into the paradise of the Daughter, called Avala, to rest in happiness. Later, in question 76, we read: Shall you remain forever in Avala? + No, eventually I shall continue my journey toward the Mother. So, in other words, and this would be in accordance with Janite teaching and this is a different way of expressing what many have taught about life in-between lives and that is, between incarnations, we return to our home in Avala, which, for Deanics, is the Silver Lunar Realm of the Holy Daughter. When we have completed our incarnations, we go on to the Golden Solar Realm of the Celestial Mother, which some call the Core. A. M. Pam.)

Holy Daughter, Kore, as Princess of the World, is the title of Her as the sustaining Presence in all of Nature, Who directs/rules us (both humans and Elementals) to live harmoniously, in right order, seeing Dea in all things and loving all things as Dea Herself.  (This is beautiful. A. M. Pam)

From: The Temple of The Heart

12. For the Spirit is one, and I am the Spirit. 13. And you are the spirit also, in the innermost temple of your heart.

This Teaching of the Daughter reminds us that as humans we are the microcosm of the universe. The Sun, as symbolic centre of the macrocosm, is equivalent to the heart in the microcosm of the human body and the hearth-fire, in the microcosm of the house. Intelligence of our Solar Dea is within our spirit/heart.

(Interesting that there is now what is called Heart-intelligence. I have spoken often of how there is the IQ and the EQ or emotional quotient. The EQ is said to have its center in the heart. 

Heart intelligence is the flow of awareness, understanding and intuition we experience when the mind and emotions are brought into coherent alignment with the heart. https://www.heartmath.org/articles-of-the-heart/the-math-of-heartmath/heart-intelligence/. A. M. Pam). 

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How we were in union with Dea and how we return to Dea
1. Perceiving only Dea
2. Perceiving Dea in ‘things’
3. Perceiving only ‘things’

(I believe these were the stages we underwent from our origins as being in Union with Perfection, i., e., the state of living in union with the Celestial Mother) and the Silver Age of when we still had a correct sense of things, to now, in the Iron Age, when we have forgotten how to perceive Dea in all things.)

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I would like to thank Sophia for these illuminating interpretations. We are blessed to have her experience and knowledge in these matters. I can easily see a concordance of scriptural commentary in the future. These teachings are truly beautiful and show how blessed we are to have such a religion. 

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elemental
  2. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gnome
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sprite_(creature)
  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Salamanders_in_folklore_and_legend

 

 

 

 

The Janati Are Not Angels, They Are Dea.

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23 Ourania/Oct. 25

Rosadi/Tues.

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One of the ways that we have explained the Janati in the past, taken from a tradition that was handed down to us, is that the Janati take on angelic form and though they are the Living Streams of Dea, they may be considered to be goddesses or angels. Unfortunately, this explanation has been misleading for many, including yours truly, when I first entered the Faith over six years ago.

Janites tend to stay away from using the words goddess or goddesses because the true nature and roles of the Classical and Celtic goddesses are greatly misunderstood in the 21st century. The modern sense of ‘goddess’ would not apply to either Dea in general, nor to the Janati in particular.

For equally valid reasons, we will no longer be referring to the Janati as angels or as being angelic-like. While angels are created beings, the Seven Janati, as the Seven Spirits of God/Dea, are uncreated Divine Beings. They are Dea, Herself.

angels A Being of Light (with Form).

The Deanic Faith teaches that Dea is One and Three and Seven. This signifies that She is a Singularity, a Trinity and a Septet. So, when we pray to Madria Thema, for example, or when we ask for the mighty help of Madria Vicka; when we honor Madria Candre as Matroness of priestesses or appeal to Madria Rhea for help in the area Self-Restraint; when we ask Madria Grace for healing or need Madria Sofia’s assistance with Wisdom; when we consciously open our minds and hearts to the Joy of Madria Theia, we are praying to Dea, Herself. They are the same as the Trinity. They have the Essence/Nature of the Godhood.

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Janites are careful to never refer to the Janati as ‘aspects’ of Dea, because, again, that may be misleading. Just as the Trinity is Three Distinct Separate Beings and yet, are of one Essence (think of the grafting of the apple tree analogy), so too, the Janati are Distinct, Separate Beings and yet, are of one Essence, i.e., the one Essence or Divine Nature of Godhood as mentioned, above. They are not goddesses in the modern sense of the word, nor are they created angelic beings. They are Dea in Her Septat Form and so, in the Janite Tradition, they are called Madria, Mother. They are our Guardian Mothers. In imagery, though they may be depicted as goddesses or as angels, it is important to always remember that they are the Living, Intelligent, Streams of Dea. They are the Seven Spirits of Dea. They are the Seven Faces of Dea.

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The Great Mother, who is Absolute is the Mother of our conscious awareness. 
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The Celestial Mother, Who is Spirit is the Mother of our spirits. 
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 The Daughter, Who is Soul is the Mother of our souls. 
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The Janati, Who are the Seven Streams of Life,  generate the Supernal Virtues.
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The Janati are the Seven Faces of Dea. It is through them and in surrounding ourselves with them each day, through invocation and prayer and in coming to personally know them, that we come to know the Trinity and through the Trinity, we come to know the One.
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Let us bless the Queen of Heaven.
Blessed is She.
Let us thank the Seven Janati of Power.
Thanks be to the Seven Janati.
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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

The Trinity and the Apple Tree/Part 2: The Trunk of Light

3 Ourania/Oct. 5

Stelladi/Wed.

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O, Sai Mati Sage, Jana of Intelligence, Intuition and Wisdom, be with us. May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

12) Like to the bole (trunk) is that Spirit Herself, from Whom all creation flows. (The Seed of Truth).As the canopy of the tree represents the Holy Daughter, so the Trunk represents the Divine Mother, the Genetrix of all Creation. And, just as the trunk is the strong core, bringing life to and supporting the swaying and dancing branches of the tree, so, too, is the Holy Mother the life-giving Core of the All. All creation flows out from Her and dances to Her Divine Melody.

This is further exemplified by those who teach about life between lives and near death experiences and that is that the Divine Mother is understood to be the Divine Core of Creation. She is truly the Genetrix of All Being and as the trunk of the tree swirls with life-sustaining energy, it is within Her that all energies flow.

18) Light is pure force, or energy or delight. It is the joy of the Goddess and Her breath and Spirit. 19) Light is the outpouring of Life into existence….

20) Though an existing thing appear ever so solid, yet its body is made of light. All material things are but consolidated force; and the vibration of force is their whole being. The Crystal Tablet.

Though the trunk looks solid and dense, all matter is merely consolidated light and all Light is energy as is borne out by quantum physics.

The solidity of the trunk, like the solidity of all matter, is an illusion. It is truly made up of light and the Holy Celestial Mother is Supernal Light.

When I was a child in Catholic School, we would look up at the blue sky and pray that Our Lady would keep Her Mantle of Protection over us. As a young mother, I would ask Our Lady to spread Her Mantle of Protection over my home and my family.

The protective armor of the outer bark of the tree protects the life within, so, too, have I always believed in the power of Our Lady’s blue mantle to protect my home and loved ones. The power of Our Lady’s mantle has long been a tradition within Catholicism just as it is a tradition within the Deanic Faith.

  1. Ye that are weary with the world, ye that are lonely, ye that have suffered hardship, that have suffered hurt, come, gather about Me and be ye enfolded in my mantle. 4) Come, seek protection in My mantle, for I have turned no creature from Me; be thou sheltered in the folds of my garment. The Mantle.

Like the strong core of the tree that is made of light, the Holy Mother, Supernal Light, is the strong Core of all manifest Life. Like the bark which covers and protects the inner tree, Her Hallowed Mantle, Her Mighty Mantle, enfolds us all within Her loving, protective Force. With out the trunk, the tree could not stand. Without the Heavenly Core, Creation would collapse in and of itself. (3)

Praise be to the Celestial Mother, She Who is the Supernal Light and the Core of All Being.

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Silver Star of the Waters, Who has fashioned all the cosmos into being, beyond all knowing is the Splendor of Your Light. Enfold our spirits, beneath your Hallowed Mantle and may the Pure Stream of Your Grace flow with me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Blessed is She.

ArchMadria Pamela Lanides

Scriptures taken from The Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians, edited by Philip P. Jackson. SMR

 

The Trinity and the Apple Tree/Part I, the Canopy of Love

1 Ourania/Oct. 3

Lunadi/Monday

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(Please note that, unfortunately, the pictures for this series of articles have been lost.)

O, Madria Candre”, Jana of Reflection, Reason and Purity, be with us.

May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, in this world and in all the worlds to come.

The Seed of Truth has always been one of my favorite Deanic scriptures. These are the fundamental scriptures for the Sacred Season of Fall, a time when the fruit of the apple tree has reached its fullness and the Seasons of the Celestial Mother (Summer and Fall) eventually give way to the first Season of the Holy Daughter (Winter).

As we know, when the apple is cut in half, five seeds appear in the shape of a pentagram. This pentagram represents the Seven Janati, the five cardinal directions, the Five Elements and so much more. The scriptures state that the apple seeds are symbolic of all the Wisdom that is reflected in the Order of the Cosmos.

But the tree itself, it’s canopy, it’s trunk and it’s roots, radiantly represent the Divine Feminine Trinity. The canopy: the Holy Daughter. The trunk: the Celestial Mother. The roots: the Great Mother.

Let us look first, at the Canopy:

Verse 11 from The Seed of Truth: Like to the spreading boughs is the Love that sustains all creation which is fallen from pure Spirit. Love is, of course, the Holy Daughter, Who eternally emanates from the Divine Mother just as Sophia emanates from the Barbelo; Lower Shekinah emanates from Higher Shekinah

The Holy Daughter, as Divine Love, rules and sustains all of Creation. Like the spreading boughs or the canopy of the World Tree, the Love of the Daughter covers all of the Earth. The Energy of Love shelters the All.

As we read in The Crystal Tablet

30) Love is the force of Harmony by which all existence is made possible. 

33) It is Love that holds the drop of dew pendent upon a blade of grass…

34) It is Love that holds the stars within their courses and all the worlds of the immeasurable cosmos within the harmony of the celestial music.

35) Truly, all the cycles of the times and the seasons; all the rhythms of the soul and of the mind and of the body; truly all these flow from the love of our Lady, the Maid, that creation may not decompose, each several member flying away into black eternal chaos.

36) ….Love is the form. And it is by Love that the essence of a tree remains a tree. 

In every single place where we read Love, we may substitute the Holy Daughter. The Holy Daughter is the Force of Harmony by which all existence is made possible. It is the Holy Daughter Who holds the drop of dew. It is the Holy Daughter Who holds the stars and all the worlds in harmony. The Holy Daughter is the Form and it is by Her that the essence of a tree remains a tree.

Jewish Alexandrine philosophy teaches that Lower (Daughter) Sophia formed and ordered the natural universe and beneath Her are the Seven Planetary Powers.

Rudolph Steiner taught of Sophia: In this regard She is much more than the Creatrix and the Creation. She is the very substratum of the Cosmos and foundation of the Universe. She is the ground of being and the very beingness of existence itself. Just as Shakti is the divine consort of Shiva in this ever-unfolding Play of Consciousness*, Sophia is inseparable from Her Creation much like a tapestry is indistinguishable from the fabric and its threads. The highest understanding illuminates Anthroposophia as the weaver and the weaving, the thread and the fabric, the spinning wheel and the loom, the warp and the woof, as well as the tapestry itself and the space that it occupies. She is both the form of Creation and formlessness from whence it emerged. (1)

Of the Shekinah, we read: The Shekinah is the primordial Light of Creation… the Shekinah is the manifestation of the Feminine Divinity from the unnamed Wisdom Goddess of the Old Testament found in the Jewsh mystical systems known as the Kabbalah and Merkavah mysticism. (2) And, like Sophia, She is the World Soul. As Binah, She is the Pillar of Form. (3) And, as this Form, the Holy Daughter orders the Cosmos through Her great love, a love so great, that like Sophia/Shekinah, it caused a great ‘shattering’ of Herself in order to give of Herself.

for She has given a portion of Herself in order for each human to come into being in this world. In giving of Herself to humans, in this state of physical density and isolation, the World Soul becomes shattered. This shattering can be metaphorically grasped in considering what might happen to a glass alembic or flask when too much pressure is put upon in the alchemical works. Thus, the Shekinah represents the ultimate archetype of selfless sacrifice. All Her sacrifices have been for the benefit of creation so that humankind may experience this life in order to fulfill its destiny and purpose. (3). And, this is exactly how we understand the Sacrifice of the Holy Daughter. 

The inner beauty and underlying harmony of our religion is amazing. This is the time of year that is ruled by Madria Thema, Jana (Divine Gate) of Justice, Order and Harmony. In our religion, Fall is a time when we are reminded of the essential Harmony of the Cosmos. It is the time of Twilight when the first stars begin to appear in the skies.

These themes are especially reflected in the names of the first two months of our calendar, Abalon, for the sacred apple of Wisdom or Apple Land and Ourania, which means heavenly or cosmos. Ourania signifies the harmony and order of the universe.

The Holy Daughter is the Divine Canopy which over-shadows and spreads itself over the All. It is only through Her Sacrifice, a Sacrifice that entailed the suffering of Her Descent through the Realms which resulted in the Shattering of Her Being as She becomes the World Soul  (as is said of both the Shekinah and Sophia) in order to give a portion of Herself to each of us.

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This Shattering of Herself, in order to give each of us a portion of Herself, is celebrated with solemn reverence in our Great Liturgy and is the basis for our Communion Rite. It is the action of Pure, Sacrificial Love which sustains not only the Order and Harmony of the Cosmos, but also our very souls and which raises us to eternal life. The Holy Daughter, as the Form, Ruler and Sustainer of Creation, She Who has given us a Portion of Herself, is truly our Soteria, our Divine Canopy of Love. Blessed is She.

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Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

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May Our Lady bless you.

Blessed is She.

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ArchMadria Pamela Lanides.

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1) http://cosmicconvergence.org/?p=12361

2) The Cosmic Shekinah by Sorita D’Este and David Rankine

3) http://www.universalkabbalah.net/Shekinah

Scripture source: The Sacred Myths and Rites of the Madrians, edited by Philip P. Jackson. SMR

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Royal Titles for the Trinity

Sunnadi/Sunday

14 Abalon/Sept. 18

(Sunnadi is, of course, the day of the Sun. The Sun symbolizes the Bright Light of the Celestial Mother. It is also the symbol of Madria Theia. Madria Theia represents the Holy Mother and rules over this day.)

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O, Madria Theia, Jana of Illumination, Joy and Benevolence. Be with us. May the Pure Stream of your Virtues flow within me, into this world and in all the worlds to come.

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As we know, the Divine Feminine Trinity preceded the Christian Trinity by aeons.

Hekate Soteria Hekate

 

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brigitflame  Brighid

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For Janite Deanists, (Day-an-ists) the Divine Feminine Trinity is Dea Madria/Mother God; Dea Filia/Daughter God and Dea Matrona/Great Mother God. Each, in our Tradition, has a royal title (1):

The Holy Daughter has three Royal/Priestly titles:

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The Holy Daughter is Princess of the Earth. 

24) And the Genia (Jana) said: It is good that you bring your crown, for you are a great princess, but the Holy Child shall be Princess of all the World. (The Mythos of the Divine Maid, Chap. II verse 24.)

…1) To You I give the governance of all these things. 2) You shall command the movements of the waters and the wind shall be Your servant. 3) The seasons of the Earth shall You control and all the times and seasons in the lives of My creatures. 4) Every soul on Earth and in the Heavens shall be given into Your care and the highest stars of the firmament shall know You as their Sovereign….  6) And the Maid ruled over all the world... The Mythos of the Divine Maid, Chap. II verses 1-6.

This is reminiscent of both Persephone, who governs the Seasons and of Daughter Sophia, Who is the World Soul and governs Creation.

In Chapter II, the Genia/Jana continues to explain that the Holy Child, like the Goddess Sophia, is the Daughter of Wisdom. ( Lower Sophia is the Daughter of the Barbelo, Who is Higher Sophia, Wisdom, Herself.)

Sophia Come, eat of My Bread and Drink of the Wine I have mixed. These are the words of Wisdom/Sophia as found in Proverbs 9/5.

The Holy Daughter is Priestess of all the World: 

30) And the Genia/Jana said: It is good that you bring your crown, for you are a true and loving priestess and a servant of your people, but the Holy Child shall be Priestess of all the world and shall serve Her children even to the last and greatest service. Mythos of the Divine Maid chapter 2 verse 30.

16: And She stood at the great Altar and took up a wheaten loaf (for full text see Mythos of the Divine Maid, chapter Seven verses 16- 24.

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The Holy Daughter is Queen of Heaven.

10) And the children of Heaven greeted Her, crying: Hail, Princess of the World; Hail, Queen of Heaven. And they placed a crown of stars about Her head. 11) And the blue night was Her cloak and the stars of the sky, the crown about Her head and the moon lay at Her feet. And they cried again: Hail, Queen of Heaven. Mythos of the Divine Maid chapter seven verses 10 and 11.

(We have three versions of the Traditional main prayer to the Divine Feminine in the West, the Hail, Mary. The words are basically the same for each Person of the Trinity, which illustrates that Dea is One. The Hail, Anna version reflects the fact that the Holy Daughter is both Daughter of the Mother and Mother to us all.)

Hail, Anna, Fount of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of Heaven and Blessed is Thy Beloved Mother. Holy Dea, Daughter God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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The Celestial Mother is the Mistress of all Things and from Her flow the Seven Rivers of Life (the Janati and their Powers/Virtues). 

1) Before and beyond all things is the Mistress of All things, and when nothing was, She was. (The Creation, Chapter 1 verse 1.)

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In Janite Tradition, the Celestial Mother is the Queen of Queens.

The Divine Mother is The Regent whose title is in-between Empress and Queen.   The Divine Mother is called Mistress of All Things.  Therefore, the Divine Mother is Queen of all Queens, also known as, High Queen. (1)

Hail, Mari, Fount of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Queen of all Queens and blessed is Thy beloved Daughter. Holy Dea, Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen. 

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In Janite Tradition, the Great Mother (equal to the Barbelo) is the Empress of the Cosmos. 

Hail, Mysteria, Fount of Grace, Glory be to Thee. Blessed art Thou, O, Empress of the Cosmos and blessed are the Beloved Mother and Daughter. Holy Dea, Great Mother God, bless us, Thy children, now and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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And so, the Holy Daughter is the Queen of Heaven; the Celestial Mother is the Queen of all Queens and the Great Mother is the Empress of the Cosmos. Together, they are One. Blessed is She.

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Eternal is the Light of the Mother.

Eternal is the Love of the Daughter.

Eternal is the Life of the Great Mother.

Glorious is the Eternity of Dea.

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May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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ArchMatrona Pamela Lanides

  1. Many thanks to the guidance of ArchMatrona Georgia E. B. Cobb of the Lady of Light Chantry.

Sacred Season of Fall ruled by Madria Thema

2 Abalon/Sept. 6

Rosadi/Tues.

O, Madria Vicka, Jana of Courage, Strength and Valor, be with us.

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The Sacred Season of Fall

As we faced South and bid farewell to the Noontide of Summer, during which we honored the Celestial Mother as the Rose of Joy, we expressed gratefulness for all its blessings and benefits. Now, as the Wheel spins yet again, we turn to the West and enter the time when we honor the Twilight of Autumn; a time when we revere the Holy Mother as the Apple of Wisdom.

Ruled over by Madria Thema, whose Feast Day is 1 Abalon/Sept. 5, Fall is the time of year when the last of the harvest is gathered and we prepare our hestias (homes consecrated to Dea) and our souls for the deep darkness of winter.

Like Spring, Fall is a time between times; a time of transition from one state of being to another. Where Spring marks new beginnings, Fall marks a time of endings; a time when those aspects of our lives which no longer serve us are cast off in order to plant new seeds of Wisdom and Grace within our souls. These seeds will germinate in our inner gardens through the Winter in order to better serve us at the Aurora (Dawn) of Spring.

It is a time to examine our lives and see where we are headed. We need to ask ourselves if our current Path, our goals and our life events are the ones which are true to our souls, to our higher selves. It is often said that where we are in our lives as we approach death is where we will begin our new lives in our next incarnation. 

I sometimes ponder what kind of person I would like to be in my next life and then begin to work on those goals. I would like to be kinder and more harmonious. I would like to attain an inner serenity that I have not had in this life. I wish to be faithful to Dea. I want to strive to  remember that my moods and words affect those around me. These are some of the inner seeds of Wisdom that I wish to plant in my soul-garden.

During this time, I have realized that there is much that I must let go in order for the seeds that I have planted to grow and to be nourished. I must take care that these seeds will not be destroyed by the choking weeds of strife and disharmony. It’s a time for me to concentrate on living my Faith, caring for my family and for being true to my True Self.

Though eternity is out of time, here, in manifest creation, time is considered sacred because each moment of life is sacred. Each hour, each day, each month and each Season of life is holy and is meant to be lived to its fullest with gratitude. Even during times of trial and suffering, there is always something to be found for which we may be grateful and Our Holy Mother and the Great Janati are always ready to assist us. I am grateful for my Faith and for my family.

 

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The Twilight time of Autumn, which is associated with the Element of Water in our Tradition, is a time of intuition and introspection. It is a time to assess our emotions and to search out those areas of our lives where we may foster greater Order and Harmony. Once our souls are ruled by Harmony, this Grace, which stems from the Fountain of Madria Thema, will flow within us, through this world and in all the worlds to come, as our beautiful Silver Star of the Waters prayer so aptly states.

The Apple or Abal from the Old Welsh, is the symbol for this Season containing within, the five seeds of wisdom. I bless and wear an apple pendant during this Season in honor of Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom.

May Our Lady bless you,

Blessed is She.

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Title 3, Chapter 5 THE SERMON OF THE APPLE SEED

1. From the branch of a tree, the Daughter plucked an apple, and She split the apple in two halves, so that the five-pointed star formed by its seeds might be seen. 2. Then She removed the seed representing the topmost point, and held it in the palm of Her hand. And She spoke, saying: 3. “Like to this apple seed is all the teaching I have given and shall give to you. 4. Like to the full apple is all the knowledge relative to your sphere of being, 5. Like to all the other apples of the tree is the knowledge relative to all the numberless spheres. 6. But behind these spheres lies a deeper reality; changeless, beyond the impermanent flux of time. 7. For even as the apple turns from bud to bloom, from blossom to the fruit, ripens, matures, decays and is reborn; 8. so also shall the spheres and galaxies, the subtle realms, the sure and solid earth; so shall all these in their season pass away, and in their season be reborn again. 9. Thus has it been ten thousand times before, and countless times again, thus shall it be.

From our calendar:

The Sacred Season of Fall. Season of the Celestial Mother as the Apple of Wisdom.

Jana: Madria Thema. Element: Earth. Elemental Color: Green. Liturgical colors: Blue and Purple. Direction: West. Time of Day: Twilight. Mystery: Our Lady, Apple of Wisdom.

Abalon (Old Welsh meaning Appleland.): Sept. 5 – Oct. 2

1 Abalon/Sept. 5- The Feast of Madria Thema.

17 Abalon/Sept. 21- Mabon: Harvest Festival.

Full Moon: Apple Moon.

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Ourania: (Meaning Heavenly, Cosmic: in this case meaning Cosmic Order): Oct. 3 – Oct. 30.

Full Moon: Cosmic Moon.

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Shimovane: (Older form of Samhain meaning Summer’s End.): Oct. 31- Nov. 22.

1 Shimovane: Samhain: Feast of the Dead.

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Jana: Madria Thema, which means, Queen and also Divine and natural Law, Order and Harmony.
Virtues: Order, Harmony and Justice.
She is of the four-fold Earth and is Guardian of West and Earth.
Feast Day: 1 Abalon/Sept. 5
Planet: Jupiter.
Weekday: Abaldi/Thurs. (Abal is the old Welsh for apple.)
Metal: Tin
Color of Robes: Blue and purple.
Note: F (fa)
Element: Earth
Bird: Swan
Incense: Amber, Frankincense, Benzoin, Pine Resin, Dragon’s Blood, Sage, Cloves and Copal
Sacred Oil: Cedarwood
Sacred Herb: Mugwort.
Sacred Flower: Marigolds
Sacred Tree: Oak
Sacred Jewel: Jade
Sacred Symbol: The Apple.
Mantra: O, Madria Thema, Jana of Order, Harmony and Justice, be with us.